- "The Daedalus... a floating military base hovering over the city of Steelport."
- — Eric Barker
The Daedalus is an experimental flying aircraft carrier developed by the US Department of Defense, designed to function as an airborne operations base. Able to deploy heavy armor and shell ground targets with its huge cannons, it is a force to be reckoned with. STAG utilizes it as their base of operations after the sinking of the Thermopylae.
The Daedalus appears in Steelport during the finale mission "STAG Film", which is only available if the "Eliminate Killbane" option is taken during "Three Way". It is however mentioned various times before by Cyrus Temple, who attempts to get Monica Hughes to authorize the use of the Daedalus in Steelport.
It appears suddenly in the skies of the city, shelling various buildings and deploying a multitude of VTOLs. There's a constant battle around the ship, between Saints Tornados and the ship, but the player is left alone, as long as you're far enough from it.
The Protagonist assaults the carrier, placing explosives on various crates of bunker busters and proceeds to do battle with the STAG leader Cyrus Temple in a VTOL on top of the Daedalus' deck. After Cyrus is killed, the Daedalus explodes, falling to the streets below.
The Daedalus is powered by 10 colossal jet engines. 8 of which are used to keep it airborne, while the other 2 are used for forward propulsion.
It is only present during the mission, and there is no wreckage in the city after the mission.
During the mission, it's possible to use the distance to the gun turrets as an indication to the size of the ship. It's about 500 x 300 meters, give or take about 10%.
- 10 large missile launchers with 18 missile containers each.
- 2 on the front end, just above the flight deck.
- 2 on either side of the ship, at its approximate middle area.
- 2 on the rear end, pointing backward.
- 2 on the rear end, pointing forward.
- There are 28 very large cannons sticking out of the ship.
- Front corners (In the trailer, these cannons are not there).
- The sides of the ship, at its approximate middle area.
- The largest two guns are at the lower center of the ship, at its approximate middle area.
- All over the bottom side of the ship.
- 11 smaller anti-aircraft turrets with two guns each. Located at several parts of the ship, on its top side.
- An unknown large number of troops, pilots and other crew.
- Flying an aircraft into one of the Daedalus' engines will instantly destroy it, and falling into one will instantly kill the player.
- The carrier is named after Daedalus, a skilled craftsman in Greek mythology who created wings for himself and his son Icarus so that they could escape Crete. Icarus, not heeding his father's warnings, flew too close to the sun, whereupon the wax in his wings melted and he fell into the sea below and drowned.
- The Daedalus also appears as a playable map in Whored Mode.
- When fighting Cyrus and having a conversation with Kinzie, The Protagonist says they don't plan to get blown up on a boat twice; this is a reference to Saints Row and presumably is referring to the Daedalus being a "boat" in that it is described as an airship.
- The Thermopylae has a big ID number on it - "01" and the Daedalus has a similar large "02". This indicates that these are the first two (or only) ships in the STAG fleet.
- No wreckage of the Daedalus is ever shown, despite the fact that it was shown falling to the city. This seems largely because the crash, depicted even remotely realistically, would level most of downtown Steelport.
- A motivational poster of the Daedalus can be seen in Kinzie's Warehouse, with the title "Awesome", and subtitle "Check this thing out". 
- In "STAG Film", it is mentioned by Kinzie that the Saints might be able to build their own variant in a couple of years.
- It is possible to mod the game files so that the Daedalus to be present over the city at all times.
- There is a miniature model of the Daedalus present in the White Crib in "The Saints Wing".
- ↑ Saints Row: The Third - 44 Reasons Why it's Awesome - IGN
- ↑ Saints Row: The Third - Shock and Awesome (OFFICIAL) - YouTube
- ↑ IGN 44
- ↑ Image: Daedalus motivational poster.jpeg